HOUGHTON LAKE – There’s no question that the ninth ranked Oscoda football team is pretty good. Now, the Owls can say they are battle tested, as they won a hard-fought road game over a solid Houghton Lake squad on the road Friday night, 24-6.
“I thought we played really outstanding football, especially on defense again, holding the areas leading rusher (to 58 yards) head coach Mark Whitley said. “It was a long road trip and the conditions on the field were not good, but that was the same for both teams. I thought we played really well considering the field was in rough shape and had taken on a lot of water.”
While the Bobcats were the first team to score on Oscoda this season, the Owls were still dominant in the victory that gave them their first undefeated regular season since 1964.
“Offensively and defensively, we again played really well as a team and we’re really happy with that road win and now it is time to look forward,” Whitley said. “Houghton Lake is a good team but we were able to just keep grinding away and we were able to get the road victory.”
The Owls managed to score on their first possession, getting a three-yard touchdown run by Anthony Ward to make it 6-0.
Oscoda tacked on second quarter touchdown runs by Owen Franklin and Caleb Nagel, for three and one yard respectively, making it 18-0 at the break.
The Bobcats ended Oscoda’s shutout streak with a six-yard touchdown run by Jake Hamp in the third quarter, drawing them within 18-6.
The Owls closed out the night’s scoring late in the fourth quarter, getting a 16-yard touchdown run by Ward.
“The kids kept their heads, even though we got scored on, we just kept playing,” Whitley said. “We told the kids before the game that even though we were the only team that hasn’t been scored upon, that doesn’t mean we’ll have that every time. We just want them to play hard and they did.”
Franklin led the offense, completing seven-of-15 passes for 94 yards and he also ran 19 times for 80 yards and a score. Ward finished with 21 yards and two scores on four rushes, Brennon Mills ran four times for 17 yards and Zach Ouillette had eight rushes for 14 yards. Drew Hess had three receptions for 56 yards and Mills hauled in three passes for 29 yards.
The defense was led by Gavin Lueck with 9.5 tackles, Kadon Schirmer had 6.5 tackles, Nagel took down six and ward hauled down four. Hess also had an interception.
“I just thought our defense was just outstanding as a team,” Whitley said. “Mills, Lueck, I could name my whole defensive front. Owe moved Owen to linebacker and I thought he had a real good game. Hess made some great plays out there.”
Oscoda (6-0 overall) hosts St. Louis (2-4) on Friday to open the division seven playoffs.